A portfolio of many of the things I've built with my own two hands. I typically build what I need, but occasionally build on commission. I do my best to use locally sourced hardwoods and everything is designed and constructed to last generations.
Hi! My name is Ben. My last name is not Birdman, it's Grier. In college I was 6'3" and weighed 155lb so my roommates assumed my bones must be hollow and the nickname stuck.
I first started seriously learning woodworking in 2010 when I acquired many of my grandfather's old tools, but really I've been doing shop projects since Dad first let me lift a hammer. I grew up around a modest shop and a fix-it-yourself attitude. In high school I was involved in FIRST robotics and became proficient on a metal mill and lathe. I’ve always been obsessed with building and designing things and this directly led to me earning a BS and Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Clemson University. In grad school I filled my first garage with my inherited tools and started building what I needed. This quickly turned into a serious hobby.
For the last decade I've been advancing my skills and filling my house with furniture built with my own hands. I take a lot of pride in building high quality pieces that will last forever.
I was very lucky to have a fantastic mentor with 35 years of experience along the way. Please check out Pete Meltzer's work at highpasswoodworks.com.